If you’re all set for a night in on Halloween, whether it’s manning the door for the trick-or-treaters or hunkering down with the lights off trying your best to avoid the mayhem (don’t worry, I won’t judge!), you’re going to need something to do. So why not treat yourself to a good old fashioned movie marathon with a theme to match the holiday? Whether you’ll have the kids with you and need some not-so-scary options, or you’re looking for something to make jump and scream, I have just the movie(s) for you!
Family friendly Halloween movies for kids
Let’s start with some not-so-scary movies that can be watched with the kiddos. Here are 4 of my favorites.
1. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
This one is by far a classic in anyone’s mind. This is one of the best Halloween movies for kids out there. Truly a must see.
2. Hocus Pocus
What’s better than Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker dressed up as witches? This movie is hilariously funny and sure to please the whole family.
3. Nightmare Before Christmas
Tim Burton is without a doubt the king of family friendly Halloween movies. This first animated feature film from Tim Burton gained an almost cult following not just for the movie, but for Tim Burton as a producer.
4. Practical Magic
While this one may not be for the younger kids, it’s a great option if you have older kids that aren’t into scary movies. It has magic, love, and of course a bad guy ready to ruin the lives of two sister witches.
Scare your pants off Halloween movies
If you’re looking to jump and scream during your movie marathon and then go to bed with the lights on, these movies might be more your style.
Who can forget that classic scene in which the lead character is doused with pig blood and then brings the entire school down in a rage? If you’ve never seen this classic, then it’s time to add it to your Hallowing movie list!
The original Halloween movie was so good that it turned into a 10 movie franchise! You’ll never get the creepy face of Michael Myers out of you head!
3. The Grudge
If you’re the type that likes newer horror flicks, then The Grudge is sure to please. A confusing to follow plot line is barely noticeable behind all the creepy, jump inducing, cinematography.
4. The Ring
More of a psychological thriller than a gore fest, this movie will have you checking the nooks and crannies of your house for creepy crawlies and then sleeping with the lights on.